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Todd Rhoades over at MMI admonishes Ed Young Jr. for his video rebuke to pastors. While Ed makes some good points, I tend to agree with Todd – you don’t need to cuss to tell people not to cuss.

Check it out at:

What the @$&*? Ed Young Swears to Prove a Point: Don’t Swear

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Interesting take by Ed Young Jr on how the new mind should lead us to communicate.  I know “grace” means we’ve been forgiven and free to live without the wrath of God.  But when we use vulgar and abusive language, there’s a heart issue involved.  I’ve heard preachers and church leaders curse, even from the pulpit.  Some even look on it as a freedom they have in Christ.   If you think this is a privilege, you not only need to clean up your speech, you need to take a hard look at cleaning up your doctrine.

(Matthew 15:18) But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

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I’ve been “on the road” the past two weeks.  Although the current series on Ezekiel 18 has been written for a while, I still like to fine tune it right before posting.  I apologize for the long delay and plan to churn out several posts in the next few days.  Thanks for your patience!

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Back This Weekend

I’ve been away from writing as you can tell.  New posts coming this weekend.  Thanks for your patience!

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I believe Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted by the Continental Congress in 1776.  I believe George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States in 1789.    I believe the Lewis and Clark Expedition exploring the vast West began in 1804.  I believe Napoleon was defeated in the cold snows of Russia in 1812.  I believe Charles Dickens published the depressing tale of a young orphan, Oliver Twist, in 1837. I believe Harriet Tubman returned south to help her niece escape from slavery in 1850.  I believe Smith and Wesson invented the revolver in 1854.    I believe Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865.  I believe Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone in 1876.  I believe Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1879.

I was not alive for any of these events.  I did not know any of these people.  But I learned about them and came to believe these facts because someone told me about them or I read them in a book.  Every time I vote in an election, I am trusting in the freedoms established in the document penned by Jefferson.  Every time I turn on a light bulb, I am trusting in the genius of Edison.

I was not alive when Jesus walked this earth.  I was not physically present when he suffered the agonizing pain and beating.  I was not a witness when they hung him on the cross.  I did not hear the words, “It is finished,” as his breath became shallow and the blood poured out.  Jesus wasn’t just a good man.  Jesus wasn’t just a good teacher.  Jesus wasn’t just a revolutionary leader.  If He was just these things, we would read about Him and appreciate His historical significance.  We would still be dead in our sins without hope for eternal life.  But He was more than just a man.  He was God manifest in the flesh.  He bore the sins of the world on the cross.  He rose from the dead.  He is the Savior of the world.  We can trust Him because of what He accomplished on our behalf.

I came to trust in Him one day because someone showed me in a Book that He paid for my sin and He rose from the dead for me.  Moment by moment, I am trusting in the love of God because He did something for me He didn’t have to do.  He did something for me I could never do for myself.  And although I wasn’t there when they crucified my Lord, I still believe because the Bible tells me so.

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I saw a new Gallup Poll released on March 23rd that said the following about “religiosity” in America:

Despite suggestions that the economic recession might cause religiosity among Americans to increase, there has been no evident change over the past 15 months in either Americans’ self-reported church attendance or the importance of religion in their daily lives.

While we can debate on the significance of “religiosity” in the poll, or even how many true Christians were surveyed, one thing is certain:  Americans don’t feel compelled to turn to God today.   Church has become consumerized (subject of a future post) and just another possible choice in the collection of things that demand attention.  Many are counting on the “we built it so they’ll come” mentality to increase outreach opportunities and church attendance during these tough times.  But we’ve spent the past 40 years teaching our kids in the education system they should look to themselves as the solution providers in life.  They’ve been through a system that taught them they evolved by chance, it’s okay to terminate the life of a baby, and there is no such thing as absolute truth.  Why would this survey surprise anyone?

Why would the Body of Christ expect the world to turn to church in tough times?  The trend to make the church look more like the world minus the alcohol is a failed model.  And for the churches that resisted doing that, many are nothing more than cliquish “holy huddles.”

Reality check:  When times get tough, the world goes drinking.

Another reality check:  When times get really tough, the world uses church as an emotional crutch just to get them through.  Once the emotional need passes, so does the need for church.  Remember the weeks after 9/11?

We need to get back to the Biblical model of demonstrating the life of Christ to a world thirsting for a life that will really help them make it day to day.  Some may say, “But look how far we’ve come!”  That’s right, look behind you in the distance.  That little speck you see on the horizon is sound doctrine, expository preaching, and a real concern for the lost.

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I apologize for taking so long to get this uploaded.  I had to do some editing and formatting.  There are some minor changes between the posts on this blog and the article version in order to make it more conducive to print publication.  Thanks for your patience and I hope you enjoy it.

Old Testament Salvation and The Rich Young Ruler

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